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  • In Venezuela, Jewish Journalist Tries to Hew an Independent Course

    He’s a prominent Venezuelan self-described leftist who calls United States foreign policy toward Cuba foolish and supports Bolivian President Evo Morales. The Bush administration revoked his visa to enter the United States. Asked why, he joked to JTA, “Perhaps I’m a danger to El Imperio.” Yet Teodoro Petkoff is no protege of Venezuelan President Hugo… More ▸

  • Venezuela’s Chavez to Break Ties As Verbal War Escalates with Israel

    Last month, shortly after Iran’s president again declared that Israel should be wiped off the map and that the Holocaust was mostly Zionist propaganda, Venezuela’s president embraced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, calling him a “true friend and brother.” Last week, Hugo Chavez equated Israel’s aerial bombardment of Lebanon with Nazi war crimes and recalled his… More ▸

  • Neo-nazism is Fashionable in Modern-day Venezuela

    Venezuela is seeing troublesome manifestations of neo-Nazi sentiment and activity as never before, according to the Latin American Jewish Congress. A report published in the group’s bulletin says that swift action by the Confederation of Jewish Associations of Venezuela succeeded in preventing a public meeting from taking place in the center of Caracas last month… More ▸

  • Jews Reported Safe in Caracas

    Despite widespread rioting last week, the Jewish community in Caracas is relatively safe, according to Rabbi Pinchas Brenner of Caracas, Venezucla. Brenner told the World Jewish Congress that “the community is well, although Jewish establishments and stores suffered from the riots, as did others.” More ▸

  • Jewish Leader Appointed Venezuela’s Culture Minister

    The President of Venezuela has appointed Paulina Gamus as the nation’s Minister of Culture, the first time in the country’s history a Jew has achieved a Cabinet-level post, the World Jewish Congress reported Tuesday. The appointment of Gamus is engendering particular enthusiasm within the Jewish community, not only because it represents a further example of… More ▸

  • Venezuela’s Jews Seek to Block Inclusion of PLO in Sports Federation

    Reacting to reports that the Pan American Gymnastics Confederation will support the participation of “Palestine” in the International Gymnastics Federation, the Venezuelan Jewish community has asked national governmental and sporting authorities to help block this development, the World Jewish Congress reported today. According to the Latin American branch of the WJC, the president of the… More ▸

  • New Study Finds Jewish Youth in Venezuela Apathetic to Community

    Jews throughout Latin America are deeply disturbed by a recent study which showed that while the great majority of Venezuelan Jewish college youths have attended Jewish primary and secondary schools, they display apathy and indifference to Jewish concerns and play virtually no part in Jewish community activities in this country. Manuel Tenenbaum, executive director of… More ▸

  • Special Report Venezuela, Despite Its Arab Connections, Maintains Cordial Relations with Israel

    Venezuela is a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), an Arab-dominated body that is resolutely anti-Israel. But Venezuela, probable Arab objections notwithstanding, maintains cordial relations with the Jewish state. In fact, Venezuela, the richest nation in South America, has so far resisted Arab League overtures that the PLO be permitted to establish… More ▸